Reese stands out among GM candidates

Floyd Reese has been an NFL personnel man so long, it's easy to forget he was once Bud Grant's linebackers coach with the Vikings in 1980s.

And until Reese surfaced as a general manager candidate to work with new Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, it was easy to forget -- if one ever knew -- that Reese and Carroll were on the same Vikings staff under Grant in 1985.

Carroll made it clear during his introductory news conference that the Seahawks would be remade in his image, and that there would be one door -- his -- for people to knock on. That made me initially question whether an established, high-profile candidate such as Reese would have a legitimate shot at the job.

That Vikings connection makes Reese's candidacy seem more realistic. Carroll coached the Vikings' defensive backs from 1985 to 1989.

Ensuring a productive, collaborative working relationship between Carroll and the new GM is a top priority for Seahawks management. It's also critical that the new GM be strong in areas where Carroll might need time to get up to speed, notably pro personnel and issues relating to the NFL labor situation.

Reese, whose record is detailed here by Dave Boling, stands out as an obvious choice on those fronts. No other candidate under consideration can offer his wealth of experience on multiple levels.